Another Quake Bill in the Works

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5:44 PM)

Third quake bill – the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill – introduced, given a first reading and sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee with instructions to report it back by Tuesday 6 December. Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill, reported back from that committee, was put through all its remaining stages. Gerry Brownlee advises that […]

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Third Quake Aftermath Bill

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5:32 PM)

The Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill given a first reading and sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee to be reported back by Tuesday 6 December.

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Live Organ Donors Compo Bill Passed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:31 PM)

National List MP Chris Bishop sees his Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill over the line, passed to acclaim from his backbench colleagues around the chamber.

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Three More Treaty Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:26 PM)

Treaty settlement bills – Ngāruahine Claims Settlement Bill, Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill and Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill pass their third readings 108 to 12 (New Zealand First).

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Emergency Management Update Passed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:20 PM)

Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill passed through all its stages under urgency.

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NZ First Pursue Speaker’s “Palace” Plan

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:13 PM)

New Zealand First MPs pursue the Speaker, David Carter, over his plan to build a new ministerial building on Parliament’s car park. New Zealand First’s deputy leader, Ron Mark, goes too far and has to take an early bath. His caucus colleagues, Denis O’Rourke and Tracey Martin, keep up the pressure in Question Time and […]

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Parliament’s Urgent Response to Quake

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 — 5:40 PM)

Government puts House under urgency to pass two bills in response to the Kaikoura earthquake. The first, the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill, was given a first reading before being sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee where it will spend a day before being reported back on Thursday to be passed through its […]

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Access Week in the House

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 — 4:19 PM)

Extended version of The Week in Parliament including Urgency on Tuesday.

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Disconnect in the Hail&Ride Space

by Desk Editor (Saturday, November 26, 2016 — 10:25 AM)

MPs on the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee hear submissions on the Land Transport Amendment Bill. Otaki Road Safety Group convenor, Fred MacDonald, proposes gates on station platforms as a way o fthwarting fare dodgers. Some committee members struggle to get to grips with Uber’s technology of uniting driver and passenger via the internet. […]

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The Week in The House – Extra Content

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, November 22, 2016 — 4:32 PM)

Extended version of The Week in Parliament with double the length and including appeals for more money for public radio (which fell on deaf ears) and questions about the recovery of bodies from the Pike River Coal Mine (which also fell on deaf ears on the government benches).

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Week Dominated by Kaikoura Earthquake

by Desk Editor (Friday, November 18, 2016 — 4:40 PM)

Week in the House dominated by the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which jolted the country on Monday morning; Prime Minister John Key delivers a ministerial statement on the quake on Tuesday, and is followed by a round of speeches from representatives of all parties in the House; Aftershocks of the quake were felt […]

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Pacific Debate Ends Week in the House

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 4:58 PM)

Civil Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee, explains the significance of Sunday night’s Kaikoura earthquake being upgraded from magnitude 7.5 to 7.8. Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith,. faces questions about the quality of Wellington buildings. He also faces questions about the possibility of recovering the 29 bodies still in the Pike River Coal mine six years […]

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Questions to Ministers – Nov 17

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 2:13 PM)

PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he believe there needs to be a review of the Building Code given the damage sustained by modern buildings, such as Statistics House, in this week’s earthquakes?

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Questions & Answers – Nov 16

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 9:40 AM)

Earthquake, Kaikōura—Government Response 1. NUK KORAKO (National) to the Minister of Finance: How does New Zealand’s growing economy and the Government’s commitment to responsible fiscal management mean New Zealand is well placed to respond to the Kaikōura earthquake?

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Geographical Indications Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 9:38 AM)

The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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Maritime Transport Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 9:34 AM)

The Maritime Transport Amendment Bill has passed its first reading unopposed and been referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.

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Children & Young Persons Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 9:32 AM)

The committee stage of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill was completed.

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